Chemicals ingested with the purpose of entertainment
Is a natural high a drug?
Marijuana is not as addictive as alcohol.
Marijuana is not a gateway drug, cigarettes are far more addictive and no-one taks about cigarettes that way.
Many politicians that support drug laws have tried drugs themselves. This is an implicit endorsement that drugs should be legal, or that the law does not apply to these politicians. (Obama and Clinton are classic examples)
Drugs are dangerous, but so are a lot of things.
Who should regulate danger, should we take care of ourselves or should the government.
It is neither the job of government , nor the business of any individual to prohibit, regulate an restrict or otherwise control what a man desires to eat, drink, swallow, smoke or otherwise injest into his body.
This is not an endorsement for taking drugs, drug taking is a vice, but a vice is not a crime. Drug abuse could be handled in the same way as alcohol abuse, by friends, family, church and psychologists. Government should stay out of our bodies. We don't need busy body government with a leader making society in their image. I don't use drugs and prefer others don't use them either. Where is the Freedom to be left alone. Two wrongs don't make a right. Drugs are not necessarily bad, it depends on how and why they are used. Who will decide this, will it be the indivdual or the sate. In a free society it is the individual.
People who argue that children will be affected, sales will not go to children in the same way that alchol does not go to kids. You can't make something illegal for an adult just because it would be harmful for a child , otherwise we would all be living like kids.
Criminalising people who are not criminals for a victimless crime
Prohibition has been an abysml failure.
It has cost $50billion a year to stop people with minute amounts of it.
There are positives of taking drugs,if there were only costs, people would not take them.
US didn't even have a federal law till 1937, laws should be made at a local level.
Marijuana has a big social stigma, the solution may be to remove the stigma.
Drugs being decriminalised would make drug use safer, and money saved for solving other crimes.
Former presidents of Mexico, Colombia and Brazil called Wednesday for the decriminalization of marijuana for personal use and a change in tactics on the war on drugs, a Spanish news agency said.
People march in support of legalized marijuana in late January in Belem, northern Brazil.
Read more here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24320717 Top cop calling for decriminalisation
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24725738 Shoot up dens